I had very high hopes for this book as I am a great fan of Ellis Peters. But unfortunately, this read isn't up to those standards.
Not because of the historical setting, which was interesting and I believe thoroughly researched.
Because of the characters. Because of Lucy and Owen.
It's not credible that their relationship remains the same from start to finish. The initial mistrust between them should have given way to something different and better, considering everything that happened between them in the meantime. Yet, we reach the end of the novel and their reactions are as guarded and as defiant as they were when they were strangers to each other.
The result is that they don't grow. They don't learn.
And that to me is a major failure in the book.
I will however give this series another chance by reading its,second book in the hope that the above mistake were due to the author's inexperience.